Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Marie-Claude Bibeau, together with Élisabeth Brière, MP for Sherbrooke, Que., introduced a $100-million top-up for the Emergency Food Safety Fund.
Minister Bibeau says that the COVID-19 pandemic has meant even larger uncertainty for Canadians who’re uncertain of the place they’ll discover their subsequent meal.
“Even with the important benefits our Government put in place to support those who lost their incomes, our food banks and local food organizations have seen a spike in demand,” she says. “As we work to finish the fight against COVID-19, the Government of Canada is providing another $100 million in emergency assistance, in addition to the $200 million already allocated to these organizations over the past year, so they can continue helping vulnerable Canadians.”
The extra funding will present extra assist for food banks and native food organizations who’re dealing with greater demand and fewer assets. Divided between Food Banks Canada, Second Harvest, Neighborhood Food Centres Canada, Breakfast Membership of Canada, Salvation Military, and La Tablée des Cooks, these organizations will distribute funding to 1000’s of native food banks throughout Canada.
Native organizations might use the funding to buy and distribute food and different fundamental requirements to meet emergency wants of susceptible individuals. They could additionally use the funds to rent momentary assist to deal with volunteer shortages or adapt operations to assist hold staff, volunteers, and recipients secure.
Every group will even dedicate a portion of its funding to tasks that straight assist underrepresented teams, to guarantee equitable entry to secure and wholesome food. Up to now, the Emergency Food Safety Fund has supported greater than 4,700 native food initiatives throughout Canada, with over 1,050 initiatives straight supporting Indigenous organizations and communities.
One in seven Canadians lives in a family the place there was food insecurity over a one-month interval in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. This led extra Canadians to flip to food banks to feed their households, with disproportionate impacts on essentially the most susceptible. The Authorities of Canada is dedicated to addressing the pandemic’s impacts by enhancing entry to secure and nutritious food.
The Emergency Food Safety Fund (EFSF) was first introduced in April, 2020. It supplies funding to nationwide and regional organizations, which in flip assist food banks and native food organizations throughout Canada, to assist enhance entry to food for individuals experiencing food insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.